1) A Quick Note on Mark 7 for this Sunday. 2) An Impending Transition.

I. Colleagues, I know just enough Greek to be dangerous. On the one hand, when I browse a text in a Greek New Testament I can spot angles that translations obscure. On the other, I can’t vouch altogether for the reliability of the things I seem to be looking at. The danger enters in when I start wondering …

Humanity coram Deo – Pieces of a 1947 Lecture by Werner Elert

Colleagues, Some weeks ago I met a young woman who had just earned a master’s degree at a local university in the technicalities required to earn a living as a translator. She had grown up in Switzerland speaking German and came to the U.S. as a college student. Her conversational English was impeccable. So was her American accent. …

Peggy Schauer: A Crossings Case Study

Article by Bruce Modahl Peggy Schauer says her seminary education began at the kitchen table with her father as her teacher. He was a student at an Episcopal seminary before circumstances took him a different direction. Her theological education continued under the tutelage of J.S. Bach whom she calls “my favorite theologian.” A bassoonist, she earned a …

A Crossings Love Story

The Hallmark Channel would like to get its hands on Stefan and Cindy Munker’s love story for one of its movies. Stefan, a native of Fuerth, Germany, was a theology student at the University of Munich when he left to study for a year at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA (now United Seminary) as part …

Pentecost is for Preaching: Part 2

Preaching is not unlike the courtroom drama Jesus faced before Pilate. The audience we face is no less cynical. Jesus, testifying to his kingship, said, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate answered with post-modern cynicism, “What is truth?” Pilate was schooled in the real politic of empire in which, might not only …

Co-Executive Directors Announcement

  Meet Candice Wassell and Sherman Lee, the new Co-EDs of The Crossings Community. In this case, Co-ED means Co-Executive Director. They were appointed by the board at its January meeting to share this part-time position. They began work officially on March 1, 2018. Sherman is an adult convert to Christianity. A software engineer, working for a large …

Peter Keyel on the Usefulness of Superhero Movies

Colleagues, I learned early this morning that a pathophobic phillumenist is a matchbook collector who is scared to death of getting sick. While I can’t suppose the rest of you were aching to know this too, still, there it is. The source of this revelation was the daily note I get from Anu Garg’s team at wordsmith.org. I’ve …

The Use of Romans 13

Colleagues, I have opined a few times, most recently three weeks ago, that I find ungodliness ensconced in the Oval Office these days. On each occasion I’ve gotten a rebuking counter-response from one or more readers. Hence this bit of essential introduction: Our vocation as citizens with opinions to vent and votes to cast entails a peril that …

Two Takes on God’s Unfolding Apocalypse, American Style

Colleagues, A week ago yesterday I trotted a class through the Book of Revelation in an hour and a half. I felt like an insect must when it tries to comprehend a ten-acre pond by touching down on the surface in a few places here and there. May it be that the folks in attendance went their way …